Mayor Bill Finch, Police Chief Joe Gaudett and Michael Lawlor, state undersecretary for Criminal Justice, will host a second public safety forum with local, state and federal law enforcement officials tonight (Tuesday) 6 p.m. at Housatonic Community College’s Beacon Hall, 900 Lafayette Boulevard. The community forum is in response to the recent increase in gun violence in the city.
“One death is one too many; an innocent child caught in the crossfire is unacceptable,” says Finch.”We have been working hard in Bridgeport reaching out to the community to keep the lines of communication open to my office and the police department. We know it’s a small nucleus of people–bad actors, if you will–who are at the root of most of this gun violence, and most of them are using illegal guns. Our police department is working hard to build its cases against them, but we need help from prosecutors to keep them locked up and off the street.”
The session will include representatives from nonprofits, health care, education, afterschool providers, clergy, business community and neighborhoods.